Car manfuctaturers have announced numerous vehicle recalls since August of 2015. Because of the importance of Tennessee drivers being aware of automobile defects that may affect their cars or trucks, the following is a list of some of the largest motor vehicle recalls:
Volkswagen recalled 11 million automobiles that had previously been said to contain software which made it possible to cheat emissions tests. This recall affects not only the VW brand, but Audi and Skoda commercial automobiles as well. Affected vehicles will be refitted with parts that will correct the emissions testing scandal issue.
Near the end of September, Ford Motor Company publicized five automobile safety recalls. In total, approximately 380,000 autos will be included. Model year 1998-2003 Ford Windstar vans are part of the recall due to a reinforcement bracket on the rear axle that could crack. These brackets would have been corrected in a previous recall by dealerships, but it is possible that correction was improperly completed. Model Year 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs were also included in a transmission recall that allows the shift lever bolt to become loose. About 37,000 model year 2015 F-150 trucks were recalled due to problems associated with the adaptive cruise control. A small number of 2015 Taurus, 2015 Lincoln MKS, and 2016 Ford Explorers were included in the recall due to fuel tank bolts that may not be properly attached or tightened. Both F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis autos manufacture year 2016 vehicles may have defects allowing the vehicle to be shifted to reverse without applying the brake. Finally, model year 2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars may contain defective fuel tanks that will possibly crack in the event of a crash.
In October Honda recalled 143,000 2015 Fit and Civic model vehicles because a faulty software system may damage their transmissions, increasing the chance of crashing. Loss of acceleration and front-wheel steering may be attributed to this defect.
Also in October Kia recalled 377,000 model year 2011-2013 Kia Sorento SUVs after reports of injuries caused by the vehicles rolling away due to a defect in the transmission shifting out of the park position without pressing the brake pedal.
Finally, and arguably most disturbing, General Motors recalled in October 1.4 million vehicles due to fire hazard effecting to date thousands of GM engines, many of which had already been recalled. The hazard occurs “because drops of oil may be deposited on the hot exhaust manifold through hard braking, which can cause engine compartment fires,” GM spokesman Alan Adler said in a press release.
The unfortunate truth is that many Tennesseans experience car crashes and/or injuries as a result of an automobile manufacturer defect. If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective vehicle, you may have a legal claim against the manufacturer and therefore you should seek the services of a competent, experienced automobile personal injury lawyer. Contact attorney Michael Pence and schedule and schedule your consultation.